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Trump V. General Motors

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 3, 2018

By publicly attacking any private firm, the president is abusing his power.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.

Russia’s Re-Stalinization

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It suits Putin to rehabilitate the strongman behind the Great Terror

Billionaires For President

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 26, 2018

Our current campaign finance laws encourage self-funded presidential campaigns.

California’s Forest Fire Tragedy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 19, 2018

Better land use laws can undo the unfortunate consequences of overreaching environmental regulations.

Trump’s Clumsy Mueller Gambit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 12, 2018

The President must appoint an independent Attorney General to bring the Russia investigation to a conclusion.

immigration reform

The Shaky Case For Birthright Citizenship

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 5, 2018

The Fourteenth Amendment is more complicated than it appears.

The Destructive Consequences Of Socialism

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Saturday, November 3, 2018

Trump’s CEA reports on an ideology that retards growth—and worse.

The Problem With Soft Socialism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 29, 2018

The President's Council of Economic Advisors warns of the perils of collective ownership. 

A Chevron Revolution In The Supreme Court?

by David Davenportvia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 26, 2018

A new book proposes a rollback of the administrative state.

Environmental Law Without Property Rights

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 22, 2018

No government agency should be able to acquire lands critical for habitat at no cost.


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